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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 11, 2011 10:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

An American hero has gone over. Dick Winters of E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Husband. Father. Teacher. Author. He was 92.
His story become a central force in book by Stephen Ambrose, Band of Brothers, and consequently the television mini-series of the same name. He saw combat from D-Day through Berchtesgaden (including and during demobilization). His leadership during the assault on Brecourt Manor is still studied at military academies today.
I admired this man greatly. From all accounts his unassuming , gentle, calm nature (at all times), and his overriding concern for his men have brought me to tears more then once. He was a winner who did what needed to be done without looking around for kudos, but always with great concern that as few of his men were exposed unnecessarily.
This generation of men and women who lived during the Great Depression and fought in WW2 is almost gone. God have mercy on our souls. Here are some clips of interest.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Winters

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Br%C3%A9court_Manor_Assault

Some From Maj. Winters

http://www.history.com/videos/dick-winters-on-brecourt-manor-assault#dick-winters-on-brecourt-manor-assault

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYtB5hw3EUw&;feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeWXoYHgmTU&;feature=related

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 11, 2011 11:54am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

My father in law lives in Sun City here in AZ. His neighbor is a WWII vet who was in the 502nd Regiment (Dick was in the 506th), 101st Airborne that dropped in to Normandy on D-Day. Never served under Maj Winters, but had the opportunity to meet him several times. Said there was never a greater soldier or more humble man on the planet.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

He was my father-in-law. We were asked to keep it quiet until after the family service, which was this past Saturday. There will be a public memorial in February or March, still being planned. Deadheads are welcome :)

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 11, 2011 2:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

I know a lot about your father-in-law Ring.
I am having a difficult day today. I imagine many people across our country are having one too.
As always, the best possible to you both through this difficult time.
And a big thank-you to your family for having a public memorial service.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 6:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Thanks Micah.

The videos above are tough to watch.

This post was modified by ringolevio on 2011-01-12 02:35:33

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 11, 2011 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Do you want me remove them Ring? I easily will.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 7:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Oh no, I didn't mean that!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 11, 2011 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Just checking in to make sure.
I would expect a wave of emotion across the country following his death. He touched a place deep in the American soul that was good. Common decency. Modesty. Quiet dignity.
I miss him.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 11, 2011 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

And there was I thinking it just another odd coincidence of name and circumstance...

I never have adequate words for loss. Hope you'll accept my inarticulate thoughts for you, the Stargazer and the rest of the family.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 1:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Thank you! Not a coincidence. The stargazer is handling it as well as can be expected.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 11, 2011 2:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Keep your chin up, kiddo. Tough time, I am sure, but knowing the impact of a life such as his, and such a long one as well, lets one rest perhaps a little easier (I know, I know: a trivial consolation, but...) with their passing.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Thanks. We guarded his privacy very carefully in the past couple of years due to his poor health (he hadn't even answered mail for the past couple of years), so it's been overwhelming to remember how the rest of the world feels about him.

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jan 11, 2011 1:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Please let us know when a date is firmed up. The above mentioned neighbor of my father in law would like to make the trip if possible (and I've been itching to get back to PA...who knows?), he's closing in on 100 but his mind is clearer that just about anyone I know.

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 6:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Will do.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Jan 11, 2011 5:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

condolences ring

positive thoughts, vibes and prayers to you and the family

RIP Major Winters

http://www.retirelikeme.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/salute_flag_alt.jpg

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Thank you Bill.

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Poster: Extinguiderm Date: Jan 11, 2011 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Extremely well put, LW57, thank you for putting in words how I feel about Major Winters. To ringolevio, my most profound and sincere condolences. A loss all Americans should pause to reflect upon. Indeed, many of us will be interested in details of a public memorial.

Fare thee well.

Ex

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Jan 11, 2011 6:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

Thanks very much, I'll keep you posted.

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Poster: huntr Date: Jan 11, 2011 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

rip

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Poster: leftwinger57 Date: Jan 11, 2011 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RIP Dick Winters (1918-2011)

I read his book which was really moved me alot. I've studied WW2 and his company were instramental in the defeating the Nazis.The HBO series Band of Brothers was
done very well with authenticity on weapons and tactics
that was not seen since Saving Private Ryan.This guy was a
true hero to his men and his country....LW